Careers at Karvakko

We’re just a bunch of hard working, fun having, friends who love what we do.

Our Team

At Karvakko, our energetic team is the regional expert in aviation, transportation, energy, municipal and recreational projects. We’re a family-first organization, and play as hard as we work. Having fun is an obligation we take just as seriously as performing our project responsibilities. Dragging yourself to the office each day just sounds like work to us, and this definitely isn’t just a J-O-B. We get to hang out with our friends all day, while we live out our passions doing something we truly enjoy.

Our Location

We’re located in Bemidji, Minnesota. Home of Paul Bunyan, outdoor lovers, and recreation enthusiasts. Weekends are spent enjoying the community’s rich culture of diversity, art fairs & sculpture walks, festivals, and fishing tournaments. The historic downtown is home to ample boutiques, fine dining, and long standing, locally-owned businesses; while the commercial district includes the typical department and big-box stores we’re accustomed to. Here you’ll get the allure of a small town, with the amenities of a larger city.

So what do you say…are you in? Beard and flannel are optional.

Careers at Karvakko
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Staff Testimonials

The best part about working at Karvakko has to be the atmosphere in the office. Coming to work every day is something I look forward to. The open and inviting environment makes it easy for young professionals, such as myself, to grow.

Karvakko has provided me with more opportunities than I can imagine. My motivation and enthusiasm for my career continues to grow every day through my experiences and fellow colleagues. I can’t think of a better place to dive into my career. .

Career Opportunities

Position focus:

  • Manage municipal, aviation and transportation projects, attend city council and commission meetings, and management of our internal project design and field staff and external consultant partners.
  • Develop design concepts using appropriate methodology and oversee plan preparation.
  • Prepare technical reports, construction estimating, contract documents and specifications and administrate the public bidding process on behalf of our clients.
  • Coordinate verbal and written communication with a multi-discipline team. Interact with contractors and clients throughout the various phases of the project.
  • Support business development operations by attending industry functions, client meetings/presentations.
  • Participate in development of other civil related projects as deemed appropriate by the firm.

Minimum qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in civil engineering.
  • Professional licensure (P.E.) in good standing in the state of Minnesota.
  • 5 to 10+ years’ experience in municipal and/or aviation and transportation engineering.
  • Knowledge of MnDOT requirements and common funding programs such as USDA Rural Development and Public Facility Administration.
  • A working knowledge of AutoCAD Civil 3D is preferred but is not required.
  • Demonstration of good communication skills and client management techniques.

Position focus:

  • Assisting and preparing the design documents for civil systems (municipal, aviation, transportation and recreational) including calculations, drawings and civil specifications.
  • Working efficiently and effectively balancing multiple projects.
  • Coordinating verbal and written communications with a multi-discipline team. Interacting with contractors and clients throughout the various phases of the project.
  • Conducting field work (construction observation and inspections) independently or with other team members.
  • Preparing engineering reports on the progress and completion of civil projects.

Minimum qualifications:

  • Engineer-in-Training (EIT) certified or within 6 months.
  • Bachelor’s degree in civil engineering or related discipline.
  • Working knowledge of AutoCAD Civil 3D is preferred.

Position focus:

  • Conducting and documenting on-site observations of the project construction progress to assist the Engineer in determining if the work is proceeding in accordance with the Contract Documents.
  • Applying civil design principles to various projects.
  • Working cooperatively with team members to deliver top notch results.
  • Approaching projects with an attention to detail and a focus on accuracy to ensure a quality project.
  • Utilizing effective interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills to communicate effectively with team members.

Minimum qualifications:

  • Associate degree in civil engineering technology or experience in related field.
  • Must be able and willing to work the hours necessary to meet the demands of an ever-changing workload including working at the job site with varying weather conditions.
  • Experience in AutoCAD Civil 3D.
  • Proficiency in Excel.
  • Knowledge of MnDOT standards and specifications.

Position focus:

  • Searching for section corners, property stakes, and survey points under the direction of a land surveyor or engineer.
  • Comparing survey computations with applicable standards to determine adequacy, compliance, and quality of data.
  • Preparing topographic and contour maps of land surveyed, including site features and other relevant information such as charts, drawings, and survey notes in timely manner to ensure meeting deadlines.
  • Interacting with clients and/or contractors, therefore, teamwork and excellent communication are key.

Minimum qualifications:

  • 2 + years related experience working as a technician in the field.
  • Associates degree in Land Surveying or Civil Technology.
  • Knowledge of survey equipment such as GPS, Total Station and Automatic level.
  • Knowledge of AutoCAD Civil 3D.
  • Valid driver’s license.
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